In 1888 Jim Thornton came to the Plains, Crosby County, from Collin County. He was "straw boss" on the Three H ranch. John Beal was the manager of this ranch, asisted by Dink Logan. Dink sent Jim Thornton out with ranch hands to do the necessary jobs.
He married Miss Dora Cox, who lived near Starkey in Floyd County. Their farm was west of Farmer, where they carried on farming activities. Their children, Dick, Clayton and Irene, were born on this place.
Jim Thornton was a great reader and at the time of his death had collected a small library.
After his passing, Mrs. Thornton, with the aid of her children, carried on the farm work and made a success for many years. She and her daughter, Irene, now live in Lubbock. Clayton lives at the old farmstead and Dickson farms near Estacado.
Jim Thornton cooked one season for the Howry outfit in New Mexico. He was the bookkeeper at the dances; he had a good voice and kept everything in good order.
The Thorntons took an active part in the schools and churches in the community. To such families Crosby County owes much and takes pride in their successes.
Source: "Through the Years, A History of Crosby County, Texas" by Nellie Witt Spikes and Temple Ann Ellis ©1951; The Naylor Company, San Antonio, Texas
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